I was just outside to let the dog out before retiring for the night. There were a million stars in the clear sky, not a cloud in sight. The temperature was a mild 49 degrees, after a high today of 71.
I live 4,000 feet up in the mountains. What I should have experienced, being as it’s the end of December, was temperatures in the high 20’s, a foot of snow on the ground with threats of more for tomorrow. The wind should be blowing through the redwoods and pine trees, the sky a dark grey under a deep cloud cover. Instead of going outdoors in a light shirt, I should have been bundled in a heavy coat.
But here I am, not a hint of rain in the forecast, no snow on the ground, clear skies, warm temperatures, and drought conditions so bad that we are still considered to be in the fire season, which normally would have ended in October.
And yet, after all the evidence, all the science, we continue to be faced with the deniers, those among us who claim there is no such thing as climate change and global warming. There is no science behind their bellicoseness, only political partisanship supported by greed. Perhaps a representative few of these naysayers should come visit for a few days, dressed for the season of course, in heavy coat, fur hat, gloves and overshoes. I don’t doubt that it would take but a few moments for them to strip off the heavy garments, complaining of being too warm. Perhaps then, would they see the light, perhaps they would believe?
I doubt it, but that’s just me…
- Global warming will intensify drought, says new study | John Abraham (theguardian.com)